“A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry,” said [Kevin] Tsujihara [President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group]. “Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience.
Writing in the New York Times, Brook Barnes says that the HD format wars are all but over. Barnes' story goes on to say:
“The overwhelming industry opinion is that this decides the format battle in favor of Blu-ray,” said Richard Doherty, research director at the Envisioneering Group, a market research firm in Seaford, N.Y.
In the wake of the Warner announcement, the HD-DVD consortium canceled a planned news conference yesterday at CES.
As the Buddha teaches, "Everything changes." And as Yogi says, "It ain't over 'till it's over." So we'll see.